Graphic design plays such a big part in today’s world. Without it the world would be much less colorful. It is everywhere a person looks and is powerful in that it can sway them to do or not do something, buy a new product, check out a website, etc. Design can provide useful information or tell a story in an interesting way. The list of ways graphic design can be applied is huge and because of that I know there are so many possiblities for what I can do with design. I want to be able to contribute good design to the world. I’m not too sure what constitutes as good design but for right now it means design that is honest, useful, eye-catching, and impactful.
From Bridge to Wonder by Cecilia González-Andrieu “It is in the work of creating that the human person, made in the image of the Creator, is more faithfully living out the promise inherent in the ‘visible world as a vast field in which human inventiveness might assert itself.’’ God is Creator and He created me, therefore I want to create. I love being creative and the process of starting with an idea and ending with something beautiful to show the world. It’s one of the main reasons I love doing what I do.
Intentionality/Power of design
I feel that design is a powerful tool that can be used to change people’s lives especially when I’m intentional with what I do. From Bridge to Wonder by Cecilia González-Andrieu: “Artists must discern the role within the human community as one that is vocation and a mission. Idea that ‘beauty saves’ because it is the ‘visible form of the good’ gives artists the obligation to put their talent at the service of communicating and evolving such beauty for ‘humanity as a whole.’”
I want to create design that can help to people in some way. This can be either drawing attention to an issue in order to help people’s wellbeing, designing for an organization that helps people, or designing something in a way that allows a person to easily use the product. I care about others and design is one of the ways I feel I can give back.
I value integrity in what I do, whether it is in relationships or in work, and in doing so maintaining my moral principles. There is also trust that can be built in relationships when people know you are being authentic with them and genuinely care about them.
Embrace process/Take chances
I’ve learned that it works well for me if I work through a process. It may take awhile but it is good to use this time to research, explore, try things out and take chances. Even if the risks I take don’t work at least take them so they are out there and not bouncing around in my head, distracting me from other things. It’s okay to try things out in this time, even if they are out of my comfort zone or I feel like they will horribly fail.
Learn from mistakes
Take opportunities to examine failures or mistakes and learn from them because it’s one of the best things that can be done to grow in design. It’s okay to look back, but don’t stay there too long.
Explore and continue to learn
It’s not possible to know everything there is to know about graphic design from the how to do the who is who. Therefore, it is important for me to keep broadening my horizons by learning about other designers, firms, areas of design, ways to do design, and examples of great design. Learning about what others have done can only make me a better designer because it can give me ideas and inspiration about how to go about solving a design problem.
If I’m not challenged by a project or the environment, I will not grow. This doesn’t mean I have to take on the most challenging project that I can find and may not be qualified for. It means taking on a project that may be something I have never done before but do have the skills to accomplish. The challenge will allow me to utilize my skills and even grow them, and also will challenge me to think creatively while also producing good design.
I want to be a good steward of all the resources available to me. Print design can use a large amount of paper and I want to be conscious of how much paper I am using and wasting. Printers are used by people other than me so I do not want to misuse it and leave it in poor condition for the next person.
Keep doors open to other interests other than graphic design and work. When things pile up and get really busy it can be difficult to focus on anything else but it is important to have a variety of interests in life and to have a life outside of the school or office. Keeping these outside interests alive may also help me in terms of skills I can use in design projects or that I can be inspired by.
For as long as I can remember I have always had the desire to be artistic and creative. Something that I think has kept me pursuing a creative career is the idea that I have these gifts and God is Creator and He created me, therefore I want to create. From Cecilia González- Andrieu’s book Bridge to Wonder, she writes “It is in the work of creating that the human person, made in the image of the Creator, is more faithfully living out the promise inherent in the visible world as a vast field in which human inventiveness might assert itself.”
The task of creating good design is a serious one because graphic design has the power to influence a person. This power is enhanced if I am intentional about the decisions
I make when I am designing. From González- Andrieu’s book, she writes “Artists must discern the role within the human community as one that is vocation and a mission. Idea that ‘beauty saves’ because it is the ‘visible form of the good’ gives artists the obligation to put their talent at the service of communicating and evolving such beauty for ‘humanity as a whole.’” Since design can touch people, I would like to be aware of projects that may allow me to help people, whether that project is from an organization that helps people, draws attention to an issue in order to help people’s well-being, or is designing a product that is helpful and easy for a person to use.
I believe graphic design as an area that I can always be growing in whether it is skill or knowledge of the subject. Based off of past experiences, I know I learn a great
deal from embracing the creative process. I am able to dive into a project, research and learn, experiment, and take chances. Even though some of the things I do
during the creative process may not be good, it is still good to take those chances
and learn from them. Looking back at mistakes or failures may be tough to think
about, but if I take the opportunity to learn from them then that is so much more valuable then spending the time making the same mistakes. In order to keep
growing as a designer, I should keep the desire for knowledge bright and look at the history of the field, firms, and famous designers. This way I broaden my horizons
and can learn from designs that have been created or by what the designers have to say about design. Another way that I can keep myself growing is accepting challenging projects or working in an environment that will challenge me. It could be easy to want to take an easier project, and at times it may be smart depending on how much I
have going on, but if I’m not challenging myself creatively I’m not going to grow much. Without being challenged to push my limits and the creative envelope, the work
could get boring and I might lose interest in the project.
There are some personal aspects that I want to keep in mind as I go on designing. I believe that having integrity in all that I do, whether it is in what I do or with who I meet
in life, is key to building trust. Trust can be built in relationships when people know that I am being authentic with them and genuinely care about them or a project. Stewardship is another important aspect of design to me. Design can have a serious impact on people and
the environment. I desire to be a good steward with the materials I am given.
Intentionality comes into play here as well since it is important for me to think about how much material am I using or wasting. Balance is another key aspect for me.
While it is important to be working on my professional skills, I believe it is also important to balance that aspect of my life with other areas. I tend to get caught up in the world
of design or in my projects and in order for me to not get burned out, I need to take breaks and take time to dive into my other interests. Keeping these outside interests alive may also help me in terms of skills I can use in design projects or that I can be inspired by.